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Tragedy of ‘wonderful’ Solihull teenager who was discovered useless after bike trip

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A ‘vivid’ teenager who vanished after a motorbike trip took his personal life amid psychological well being struggles, an inquest heard.

Charlie Johnson’s disappearance sparked an pressing attraction final July, however his physique was present in a distant space close to Lapworth days later.

The 17-year-old aspiring pilot, from Solihull, had been bullied at college and struggled with depressive episodes and anxiousness, Birmingham Coroner’s Court docket was informed.

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Shortly earlier than his dying, he appeared to turn out to be “overwhelmed with life, probably by his GCSEs and the scenario with a relationship” he had began, the court docket heard.

Senior coroner Louise Hunt recorded a conclusion of suicide in the present day, Monday, January 10, because the inquest heard of his makes an attempt to take his personal life, hospital admission and self-harming.

Following the dying of his father in 2018, Charlie tried suicide at a park, telling ambulance crews he ‘did not need to stay anymore’.

He was detained underneath the Psychological Well being Act and spent a prolonged interval in hospital earlier than being transferred to Moonstone Lodge – a specialist youngsters’s dwelling in Nice Barr. There, with around the clock assist, he progressed sufficient to ultimately return dwelling.

He was stated to be ‘flourishing’ after a transfer to specialist college Peak Schooling, however from June 2021, he grew to become “overwhelmed by life, the inquest heard.

Police are looking for lacking 17-year-old Charlie Johnson from Solihull.

Sharon Cliff, headteacher on the college, stated: “He was simply so wonderful, we did not count on the transfer to be so profitable.

“It was an absolute pleasure to see Charlie with us. Over the time he was with us, he flourished and thrived. On the finish of June, July time we began to see him virtually unravel.

“It was fairly troublesome for us all. We first observed Charlie had misplaced weight, he was virtually unkempt. He appeared to exude ache.”

Police are trying to find missing 17-year-old Charlie Johnson from Solihull.
Police are looking for lacking 17-year-old Charlie Johnson from Solihull.

Charlie, who left with a rucksack and his bicycle, was first reported lacking on July 25 after he didn’t return dwelling. An pressing police attraction to search out him was launched, with social media posts urging members of the general public to get in contact.

His bike was discovered by a involved passerby who known as police and, following a search of the realm, he was found on July 28.

Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service obtainable day-after-day of the yr. If you happen to want to jot down down the way you’re feeling, or in the event you’re apprehensive about being overheard on the telephone, you possibly can e-mail Samaritans at , write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Field 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA and go to to search out your nearest department.

CALM (0800 58 58 58) thecalmzone.internet has a helpline is for males who’re down or have hit a wall for any cause, who want to speak or discover info and assist. They’re open 5pm to midnight, one year a yr.

Childline (0800 1111 ) runs a helpline for youngsters and younger folks within the UK. Calls are free and the quantity received’t present up in your telephone invoice.
PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41) is a voluntary organisation supporting youngsters and younger adults who’re feeling suicidal.

Different melancholy charities

Melancholy Alliance is a charity for folks with melancholy. It doesn’t have a helpline, however gives a variety of helpful sources and hyperlinks to different related info
College students Towards Melancholy is an internet site for college kids who’re depressed, have a low temper or are having suicidal ideas. Bullying UK is an internet site for each youngsters and adults affected by bullying
The Sanctuary (0300 003 7029 ) helps people who find themselves struggling to manage – experiencing melancholy, anxiousness, panic assaults or in disaster. You possibly can name them between 8pm and 6am each night time.There are different melancholy charities.

Coroner Ms Hunt concluded no-one else was concerned in his dying and that it had been a ‘deliberate’ act to finish his personal life.

It got here following “appreciable efforts made by everybody to assist Charlie”, she added.

She stated she hoped his household might bear in mind him because the “vivid boy” who beloved trains, planes and had aspirations to turn out to be a pilot.

A assessment was performed by Birmingham and Solihull Psychological Well being crew, however no shortcomings had been present in his care.

There have been “no explicit classes that must be launched as actions”, the inquest heard.

Anybody in want of assist can contact Samaritans free any time from any telephone on 116 123, even a cell with out credit score. This quantity received’t present up in your telephone invoice. Or you possibly can e-mail or go to

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